The first free agent tight end target went on (then off) the market without nary a reported sniff from the Chicago Bears. A source confirmed the agreement to the Seattle Times Tuesday afternoon. He clearly isn't the only one who holds this belief, as Olsen also negotiated with the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills. Ironically enough, Olsen had closer relationships with the Redskins and Bills coaching staff, with both Sean McDermott and Washington's Ron Rivera spending extensive time with the Panthers like Olsen, but the tight end opted for the Seahawks instead.
Seattle isn't getting the Olsen who averaged over 1,000 yards a year at his peak.
But Olsen has made a decision to play at least one more season. Therefore, the Panthers released him after he spent nine seasons with the organization.
Although the 34-year-old Olsen may not be what he once was at his prime, he firmly believes he can still play. His absence, plus a lingering knee injury that sidelined veteran Ed Dickson for the season and the trading of Nick Vannett to Pittsburgh during the year, ultimately forced Seattle to ride into the playoffs with Luke Willson and Jacob Hollister at the position.
While the hottest broadcasting free-agent hasn't yet announced what booth he'll be sitting in next season, Tony Romo does sound like he knows what network he'll be with.
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When healthy last season, he accumulated 52 receptions for 597 yards and two touchdowns for the Panthers' broken-down offense absent injured QB Cam Newton. From 2014 to 2016, he became the first tight end in National Football League history to have 1,000 yards receiving in three straight seasons.
The Seahawks finished 11-5 last season.
Olsen tweeted out a compliment of himself and Wilson chimed in.
Ed Dickson is still under contract for 2020 but is a likely salary cap cut this offseason as he missed all of last season to injury and the team could save almost $4 million by releasing him, per OverTheCap.com. Before signing with the Seahawks, Olsen hinted at signing with Seattle two weeks ago via his Twitter account.
Dissly suffered an Achilles tendon injury on October 13 at Cleveland and while the Seahawks are optimistic of a full recovery, coach Pete Carroll did not give a specific timeline when he talked to reporters last on January 13.
"He's killing the rehab", Carroll said. "He's killing the rehab".